The resolution recalls the ancient Greek tradition of "ekecheiria", which called for a cessation of hostilities to encourage a peaceful environment, ensure safe passage and participation of athletes in the ancient Olympics.
The Ministry made the call following the United Nations' adoption of the Olympic Truce resolution in New York City yesterday. The truce is an Olympic tradition that dates back to the ancient Olympic Games.
It urged member states to observe the Olympic Truce, recalling the ancient Greek tradition of ekecheiria, from seven days before the Games begin on February 9 until seven days after the Paralympic Winter Games end on March 18.
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We hope that North Korean athletes attending the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will usher in a spring of peace and reconciliation to the Korean Peninsula, where military tensions are high.
"Through this cease-fire resolution, United Nations member states will have a meaningful opportunity to promote peace in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games through sports and Olympic ideals, promote understanding of humanity, and create peace on the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia", a Ministry statement read, according to fnnews.
President Moon Jae-in in a Berlin address in July called for the participation of North Korea in the PyeongChang Olympics and urged Pyongyang "to utilize these series of precious events held in Asia as an opportunity for building peace on the Korean Peninsula, in Northeast Asia, and the world".
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The Ministry of Unification said on the adoption of the resolution, "We look forward to North Korea being receptive in creating a path to peace on the Korean Peninsula, Northeast Asia and the worldwide community". "They make it possible for all the Olympic athletes to realize their dream of a lifetime".
"We hope our joint action today will lead to a chain reaction for the promotion of peace within the region and beyond", Lee added. Tensions soared because of North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile tests, but the crisis on the Korean Peninsula has recently seemed to be entering a lull.
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It was claimed last month that North Korea had expressed their intention to compete at the Winter Paralympic Games, which would require them to be given wildcard entries.
Still, the previous time South Korea hosted the Olympics, which was the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, Kim's grandfather Kim Il Sung, the founder of the North Korean state, boycotted them after a plan to co-host the event fell apart. "I really hope that the North Korean athletes who I was unable to meet when I was an athlete will take part in the games", said Kim Yuna, honorary ambassador for the Pyeongchang Olympics, who took the stage at the UN General Assembly as a guest speaker to speak in support of the resolution.
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